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his support for drones and the targeted killings of u.s. citizens. >> people that were standing up here today, i think they really have a misunderstanding of what we do as a government and the care we take, and the agony we go through to make sure we do not have any collateral injuries or deaths. >> 8 codepink protesters are arrested. we will speak with the group's founder who after returning from pakistan to protest drones, personally went to the house of john brennan, not on the door. he invited her in. we will find out what they talked about. you also speak with jeremy scahill, author of the forthcoming book and movied andirty wars," and melvin goodman, author of, "national insecurity: the cost of american militarism." all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. john brennan, president of and is picked to head the cia, defended the administration's controversial counterterrorism policies during his senate confirmation hearing thursday. he attempted to justify the administration's use of drone strikes, and
security at their headquarters because the spblgt used to be one of their own. christopher dorner is wanted in multiple shootings spanning six days. the 33-year-old said he's declaring war with the lapd after losing his job. according to his late and rambling manifesto, he wants to revenge until his name is clear. he writes the violence of action will be high. i will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare. dorner is accused of killing a couple and shooting at two police officers killing one of them. his vehicle was found in the big bear area, so far no sign of the man police describe as armed and dangerous. nbc's stephanie stanton has more from los angeles. >> reporter: this burned out truck belonging to suspect christopher dorner was found in the mountains two miles east of los angeles. but dorner himself was nowhere to be found. >> dorner is considered armed and extremely dangerous. >> reporter: dorner posted aing lengthy manifesto on facebook detailing threats against police officers he intended to kill. dorner claims he was treated unfairly when fired from the l.a. police departm
to be using their center ford police training. a trainee was critically shot and wounded by police instructor last week. >> we're learning more tonight about what was not in place and what did not happen before an instructor grabbed the wrong gun and fired. the city was at the roseville center without authorization. the city did not request authorization to use the facility, and health department spokesperson told us. a police training from the university of maryland police force was critically shot and wounded. the instructor pulled the wrong weapon and fired while trying to scare trainees away from a window. sources say he meant to use his training weapon. yesterday the police commissioner called the incident a major procedural breakdown. sources familiar said there were no written safety procedures for that kind of training called active shooter training. no surgeon was on site to act as a supervisor. no safety officer was there to ensure proper precautions were taken. all sources say should have been in place. the training happened after lunch break. investigators are looking whether the
you with us. we look forward to taking your calls at 866-55-press. >> that's our toll-free number. i was there in the whiter house briefing room yesterday when president obama came out and called on congress to take action to avoid those massive cuts to pentagon spending known as the sequester which kick in march 1st. if march can't pass a big bill, they ought to pass a small bill to delay the sequester for a few more months. house republicans led by john boehner immediately said no way. here we go again. the party of no opposing anything obama wants. we will tell you about that. also tell you the latest on drones and a lot more here on the full court press. but first, let's get the latest. lisa ferguson is here. well, she is not here. she is in los angeles with today's current news update. hi, lisa. good morning. >> close enough. los angeles, d.c. good morning, everyone. the president is in annapolis today after 10:00 this morning and atends the conference at the western annapolis hotel. vice president biden is swearing in john kerry as secretary
, technically i wear one. the u.s. postal serviceĀ®, no business too small. secretary leon panetta and joint chiefs chairman and did to the senate armed services committee that they talked with president obama exactly once during the terrorist attack on the american consulate, said deadly super winter storm to bring historic snowfall, coastal flooding, while conditions and 3 feet of snow are expected. what is the department of homeland's security doing with all of the ammunition in its buying? another enormous ammunition purchase. agenda paula talk now about one point* 6 billion crowns over the past 10 months alone. we begin with the testimony of outgoing defense secretary panetta and chairman of joint chiefs general the see both bringing the ugly truth to light of the administration's handling of thank on see -- benghazi resulting in the death of chris stevens. lindsay gramm talked with president obama only once on the day of the attack. >> he relied with myself and the generals capabilities. he knows what we deployed and we presented that to him said he knew generally was deployed with as
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, like the distance between the nation of afghanistan and the air force base in the u.s. state of nevada. drones come in various shapes, sizes and weights. they are used for surveillance, disablement, and killing. and drones are increasingly ubiquitous. there are 64 drone bases spread across the united states alone, and the u.s. has other drone installations across the planet. africa is increasingly a drone base environment. a newly authorized site in the nation of niger will become the sixth u.s. drone base in africa, joining one in morocco, senegal, uganda, and a permanent one in djibouti. u.s. drone attacks ordered by obama have spiked particularly in yemen, somalia, afghanistan, and notably pakistan where over 360 drone strikes over the nine years, 2004 to 2013, have killed over 3,000 people. this data is not classified. and not even secret. but it is troubling. so troubling that the u.n. has just decided to launch an investigation on the impacts of drone strikes on thousands of civilians. question. will the u.n. human rights council rule that drone use violates international law do
director. brennan used to run the cia station in saudi arabia. we will be live from pentagon in a minute. >>> and falling from space, wow, pretty cool, at a rate of more than 843 miles per hour, that's how fast dare devil felix baumgartner fell when he jumped from space. the official speed has been released. even faster now than those record keepers thought at first. pretty cool stuff. >>> one of our top stories today at cnn, a secret american drone base somewhere in saudi arabia, now this is according, these are reports from two major newspapers today, saying that this u.s. launches these drone attacks against al qaeda targets from that particular base. i want to bring in two folks here at the pentagon chris lawrence also michael holmes from cnn international. chris, it's not a total surprise that this was there in saudi arabia, but certainly it was not something that they officially wanted to reveal. why are they doing it now? >> that's the big question, suzanne, why did this come out? we reported two years ago from our sources u.s. officials were telling us the cia was building an air
said he knew generally was deployed with as specifics to time he left that up to us. lou: he said he was bothered by the lack of security and admitted the state department never ask for any help from the military. >> did you ever get the message they could not sustain an attack on the consulate? >> was tracking that intelligence. >> did you receive that information? >> i did. >> get to the bodies. >> a great deal. >> why were forces in place ready to respond? >> we never received a request to do so. lou: we never received a request to do so. meanwhile the defense secretary could not answer a simple question was in charge trying to save the lives of the men murdered that night. >> simple question the families ask me is it fair to say you were in charge? >> it is not that simple. the people in charge or those on the ground. >> was secretary clinton in charge? >> people in charge were the ambassador. >> they were trying to save their lives. they were not in charge. lou: today's hearing revealing more than the american people want to know about the leadership failures all levels of our g
in washington. mr. vice president, thank you very much for taking time to see us for this conversation. how's your health? >> much, much bet, thank you. i had lived with coronary artery disease since i was 37 years old 1978. had six heart attacks and nearly everything else that you could do yourself. i had an episode of ventricular fibrillation, my heart stopped. my life was saved by an implanted defibrillator. so i've been through a lot and as of last march i got a transplant, got a new heart and it's nothing short of a miracle. it's like taking 30 years off your life. >> rose: some people said to me without that heart transplant your days were numbered. did you have sense of that? >> oh, absolutely. i'd gotten to the point where i'd done bypass and all the various procedures and i got to end stage heart failure, your heart is just no longer moving enough blood to service your vital organs and this was in july of 2010 so i went in for planned surgery. they had to do it on arch emergency basis because everything started to collapse rapidly. and that's when we implanted this -- it's called a
joins us from the newsroom create some members of congress will try to avoid -- tried to figure out a way to avoid slashing spending. >> today defense secretary leon panetta laid out the consequences for the military after so-called sequestration. package of spending cuts and tax cuts but to the republicans suggested instead cutting the federal work force. today outgoing defense secretary leon panetta warned failure to get a deal will have real consequences for u.s. military readiness. >> this is not a game. this is reality. >> if the automatic cuts go into effect he says expect action from the pentagon including furloughing as many as 800,000 civilian workers for up to 22 days. cutting back on army training and maintenance, shrinking naval operations and reducing air force flying hours and weapons and its. today a group of house republicans proposed cutting the federal work force by 10%. >> our defense should not be used as a bargaining chip because of other policy aspirations of people want to accomplish. >> house speaker john boehner called sequestration a bad idea. he says it wa
expected to begin shortly. that, of course, will be on greta van susteren's show. stay with us, that press conference is starting momentarily. thanks for being with us. we'll be back tomorrow night. >> greta: this is a fox news alert. tonight a five-year-old alzheimer's boy is free. his captor is dead. we are awaiting an update from police at any moment. we'll bring it to you live. fox news correspondent jonathan serrie is live. >> good evening. standoff has ended. property behind me remains very active crime scene. f.b.i. bomb technicians are scouring the area surrounding that bunker for any improvised explosive devices the suspect may have left behind before they allow authorities in to process the crime scene. although they have yet to confirm exactly how they did this, statements earlier by authorities suggest they were somehow able to get visual surveillance on the suspect. jimmy he dykes during the standoff. at some point he appeared agitated and holding a weapon and they feared the boy's life was in imminent danger so an f.b.i. team raided the bunker. authorities tell us
: will the word "television" still be in use? >> guest: probably old people like me will still be using the word "television." and i think displays will still have a prominent role in the home for communicating content and information. >> host: joe taylor, chairman and president of panasonic in north america, this is "the communicators" on c-span. "the communicators" is on location at ces international 2013, the technology trade show. more programming next week. >> just ahead, president obama speaks at a ceremony honoring recipients of this year's national medals for science, technology and innovation. after that we're live with a national health policy conference with industry leaders and representatives of government who will discuss what to expect in health care policy this year. and later more live coverage as former first lady laura bush speaks at the susan g. komen for the cure's global women's cancer summit. >> at age 65 she was the oldest first lady when her husband became president, but she never set foot in washington. her husband, benjamin harrison, died just one month after his inaug
a run for u.s. senate seat in kentucky next year going up against republican leader mitch mcconnell. cofounded by g.o.p. strategist karl rove already running negative ads against her. during the last election she appeared in ads endorsing the president. also using clips where she says obama carries great and obama is doing brilliant job. not exactly the kind of things that will help her in a state that voted overwhelmingly republican in the last election. she needs to get that straight if she is serious about running. that is my two cents more. coming up friday, got ready for something really, really exciting. a weekly segment focusing on top designerand trends in fashion and entertainment. this friday i will be sitting down with the fox business exclusive interview with supermodel and entrepreneur who will share some of the biggest secrets in fashion. you don't want to miss that.k ya great night, we will see you back here tomorrow. lou: good evening, everybody. president obama today stepped up his campaign to avoid the consequences of sequestration. an idea that originated i
this document to be filed in the u.s. attorney in washington d.c. and it has to do with the allegation over misuse of campaign funds. the investigation also takes in his wife sandy in chicago who served as his campaign manager. >> lynn sweet, thank you very much. much more coming up. also, we'll hear from the president in chicago. i'm brooke baldwin. listen to jim acosta in for wolf in washington. hey, jim. >>> thanks, brooke. happening now, look up in the sky. a fireball and a shocking reminder that planet earth is spinning around in a very unpredictable neighborhood. back on dry land and already heading to court, we have details of the first lawsuit filed by a passenger who says the cruise line's negligence turned their vacation into a nightmare. >>> and the "blade runner" goes to court and cries uncontrollably. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm jim acosta. you're in the situation room. we are starting in chicago where right now president obama's about to take the stage to talk about two of the top priorities from his state of the union speech, jobs and guns. we expect him to connect the nee
right now. he's going to tell us a little bit about what we should expect from the president and what he'll be talking about. obviously, chris, gun violence has been a major issue in chicago for many, many months now and the president has been called to this question, why hasn't he dealt with more forcibly in his remarks in a few moments, chris? >> reporter: that's right. it sets off in the '80s where he began his career as a community organizer. he would become a state legislator and u.s. senator. the connection is great. he still has a home here. the 15-year-old hadiya pendleton was killed a mile from where his job is. the connection is very real for him. the gun violence rate is one of the highest in the country. the poverty rate in the south side of chicago where he will be speaking today, where he was once a community organizer, one of the highest in the country. we've been here a couple of days, talking to community organizers. they say the need has never been greater. so when the president comes here, politically the main thing is to give his message from the state of the union an
for violating his probation. because he is a physically large man, they used two sets of handcuffs but he slipped out of the handcuffs and while they were doing paperwork he slipped out of his handcuffs, jumped into the driver's seat and took off. >> i have an aluminum bat, i am pretty sure i can take care of us. >> reporter: sanchez is wanted on drug related warrants. he is latino, 5-foot 8 to 5- foot 10 inches tall weighing 275 pounds. he was last seen wearing black sweat pants and had a gray sweatshirt. >>> for the first time police are publicly naming a person of interest in the disappearance of kevin collins. dan therrien / jackson died in 2008. he had a history of kidnapping years before kevin collins disappeared and he fits the description of the man last seen talking to kevin collins. >> when we heard his background, i just got chills. in a way he has gotten away with murder. he never had to face a court of law with almost everything he did apparently but he faced a higher court. >> this is the same man we talked about yesterday and investigators recently developed new leads in th
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used was one of the best we had ever encountered. >> so mr. al-awlaki is by not an american citizen by where anyone in america would be proud? >> he was part of al qaeda, and it was his determination to kill americans on behalf of al qaeda. >> thank you. is it true that in the last four years the fbi has arrested 100 people, either planning, conspiring, or trying to commit a terrorist attack on this nation? >> yes, they have arrested a lot of people. >> that is because of good, sound intelligence. i think what people forget is that they will kill us if they can and it is extraordinarily difficult if you cannot get into where they were hiding. would it have been possible to have arrested mr. al-awlaki where he was in the yemen? >> we work very closely with yemenis to see if we can arrest individuals. if we can, we want to do that because it is valuable for us. any actions taken in concert with the yemeni government are done in terms of any types of strikes we might engage there with them, are done only because we do not have the ability to bring those individuals into custody. >> tha
spring. for those of us in uniform, we are very much appreciated so we can avoid the use of force but we remain ready to do so if necessary. you have moved diplomacy into the 21st-century. your recognize there are limits to hard power. you use both hard power and soft power. you utilize social media and town halls. you have been one of the staunchest supporters of the military more than any secretary of state in my career. i expect you will slow down a bit. maybe you can add a tony award for your grammy award. would you join me? >> hillary clinton will be receiving an award. secretary hillary clinton, distinguished herself by superior service while serving as a secretary of state from 21, january 2009 to 1 february, 2013. she has provided outstanding support of all operational efforts of the joint military forces rolled wide, executing her smart power strategy of combining military strength with capacity and global economics, aid, and technology. she enhanced the role of diplomatic and defense initiatives in the international arena. capitalizing on this effort, it she instituted a diplom
us an email. what is the definition of sequestration? one is this -- it is that fiscal policy procedure adopted by congress to deal with the federal budget deficit. that is according -- some news over the last 24 hours as the president reaches out to republican leaders in the house and senate. a phone conversation between the president and republican leaders mitch mcconnell and john boehner. our guest follows the story for the hill newspaper. what news came out of these phone conversations? guest: not much from the press secretary or congressional leaders. they have been very tight- lipped. it is interesting to say that things do seem to be heating up little bit. congress will come back next week -- it is unlikely either version, republican or democrat, of the bill will pass. and will set up for a dramatic week that is unlikely to come towards a solution on this issue. host: how engaged is the president on all this? there have been discussions that he is on the campaign trail, campaigning on sequestration, but not meeting face-to-face with congressional leaders. guest: that ha
, hot to relax it away. power past pain. . >>> that's it for us. thanks for watching. "early start" begins right now. >>> bracing for the big one. two winter storms about to merge into a monster blizzard for parts of the northeast. >>> american spy secrets exposed? iran claims it has hacked into a captured u.s. drone. we have a live report. >>> and, john t is high drama on capitol hit. president obama's big pick for cia director up for con fir make in a few hours. but will members of his own party derail it? >> i don't know. >> lots of drama. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolinment. >> i'm john berman. it's thursday, february 7th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started. up first, brace yourselves, bundle up, buy a shovel. this will be a big one. at this moment a blaizzard watc is in effects for new england. a storm is headed that way and could be historihistoric. it could drop two feet of snow in some places and it all starts tomorrow. you told us this was coming yesterday, you were on top of this one. >> we're trying. boston could rival its worst blizzar
puns, in fact, many of you have already written. i know they're coming. thank you for watching us tonight. i'm bill o'reilly and please remember that the spin stops right here, we're definitely looking out for you. >> and this is a fox news alert. tonight, there's a massive manhunt in california as a former los angeles police department department officer, christopher dorner has allegedly gone on a deadly shooting rampage and here is what we know at this hour. dorner was fired from the l.a.p.d. back in 2008. he is suspected of killing three people and police say that dorner has posted a manifesto of some sort online and named his other targets. moments ago authorities held a press conference and are now focusing on the area known as big bear valley in california where they're going to go door-to-door in search of the suspect. for the latest we check in with adam housley on the ground there. what's the latest. >> reporter: for viewers who may not have been to southern california when you fly in from the east big bear are the mountains to your right before you get to los angeles,
>>> thank you for joining us on this thursday morning, we have shown you several couples on this show who have found a way to make their marriage last for decades. >> but this couple we're about to show you takes the prize. they are the new record holders for the longest married couple here in the u.s.. john and anne better have been married for 80 years. oh. got hitched in 1932. but -- >> charlie. >> had an arranged marriage for her with another man. so the couple ran off and eloped. now they are shocked they hold the record. what was that -- what? >> no, am i wrong? you made it sound like oh! 80 years. >> 80 years. >> most people would find that blissful. >>> all right well mel gibson tried to figure it out but there's one simple list for guys of what women really want. >> we'll tell you when "good morning maryland" at 5:00 begins right now. >>> his weapons were legal but trespassing on a school was not. now police want to know what this guy was doing and how he got inside that building. >>> she's an inspiration to women who want to get into politics. today we remember
, one of the nra's most vocal supporters promises to bring massive truth to cnn tonight. he gives us an exclusive look at his ranch, the guns he owns, and why he believes guns are crucial for america. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, breaking news on the alabama hostage crisis. it is now over. 5-year-old ethan, the little boy's name, he's at a hospital. we found that out a few seconds ago. he's with his family. there's heavy security there as well tonight. and the big headline, he's safe. he was abducted from his school bus and held in an underground bunker for six days. we can also report that the kidnapper, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes is dead. i want to get straight to martin savidge who is covering this story in midland city, alabama, about 100 miles south of montgomery. what more can you tell us about this little boy ethan and where he is and how he is tonight? >> we know he's surrounded by a very happy family. that would be his mother, his siblings, and extended family and we have been told that he is in good shape physically
to testify about the pentagon's response to the attack on ought consulate. he said the u.s. didn't have enough time to respond. he says it's not like you can pick up the phone and call 911. mike emanuel is on the hill. set the stage for us on this hearing. >> reporter: it's designed to address the concerns of south carolina senator lindsey graham who threatened to hold up the confirmation for chuck hagel, his successor. so what did the president know about the benghazi attack september 11, when did he know about it and what did he do about it? sources i talked to say panetta and others are carrying out the orders of the commander-in-chief. so what were they and how were they handled. expect fireworks. rick: later on this afternoon the president's nominee the head of the cia takes center stage. >> reporter: expect john brenner to get plenty of questions about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques during this time at cia. he left there in 2005. at the white house they are emphasizing brennan's experience. >> mr. brennan brings, i think, not on a vast amount of experience, but a sig
the u.s. mission in benghazi is our topic. testimony on capitol hill has ignited a fresh round of debate today. what's not going away are questions about last year's terror attack in libya after panetta's final testimony yesterday. >> if i were a family member and one of my loved ones was killed in benghazi, i would be sick to my stomach. >> republican lindsey graham declared on twitter the president, quote, has to announce for his leadership on benghazi after panetta and general martin dempsey testified, they spoke to the president only once during the eight-hour attack. >> one time. >> right. >> you talked to him how many times? >> the same one time. >> graham and his republican colleagues repeatedly pressed panetta on why there was no direct follow up with mr. obama after they met in the oval office. >> are you surprised that the president of the united states never called you, secretary penta, and said how is it going? >> normally in these situations -- >> did he know the level of threat? >> let me wa finish the answer. we -- we were deploying the forces. he was being kept up to date
hello? steven, are you with us? let's move on to parents in maryland, on the republican line. caller: thank you for taking my call. i agree with congressman blackburn on the lack of leadership from obama. i think he is out campaigning all the time across the country and across the globe. we have real problems here. we really need to solve them. i think the reason republicans have had to do what we have had to do is because we have a lack of leadership. there is nobody bringing republicans and democrats together. the president should as leader of the nation. he is not in the white house. he is not in the white house. host: who do you see as republican leaders? caller: i think they are representing my ideas, my belief system, and my conservatism. i think they are doing the right thing. host: any leaders in particular? we saw senator rubio give the gop response. caller: i think mark rubio, john mccain, ted cruz, a lot of these congressmen who have been in government for a while, and some of the new ones are doing the job that they were sent there to do. they are representing the
's willis report, thank you for joining us, have a great night. lou: good evening, the senate in a proceed rally vote rejected the president's choice to be next secretary of defense, senator hagel's bid is in limbo after senate republicans delayed his nomination. the former senator came up two votes short of the needed 60 to end debate on his nomination. the first time in history defense secretary nominee has been blocked by a filibuster, the white house and seen at leadership, -- senate leadership seemingly trying every gambit to win the required 60 votes, harry reid even went so far as to scare republicans into advances hagel's nomination. >> if is shocking that my republican colleagues would leave the nation without a fully empowered secretary of defense. considering all of the things we have going on the world. lou: gathering, curious, concerned and amused looks, we have a defense secretary, he is none other than. the soon to be outgoing defense secretary leon panetta who has fledged he will remain in the job until his successor is sworn to office. republicans chose to block hagel's co
george bush, you cannot used enhanced interrogation. >>brian: that is not what america does. >>steve: exactly right. this administration, we found out through a 15-page white paper that has been released -- nbc published it -- this administration and our government, rather than water board people, we kill them. the hypocrisy is amazing. when you take a look at how our president was talking a couple of years ago regarding enhanced interrogation techniques, in favor now of just killing them, it's stunning. watch. >> under my administration, the united states does not torture. my administration is going to operate in a way that leaves no doubt that we do not torture and that we abide by the geneva conventions. water boarding is torture. it's contrary to america's traditions. it's contrary to our ideals. that's not who we are. that's not how we operate. and anybody who actually read about and understands the practice of water boarding would say that that is torture. and that's not something we do. >>gretchen: it boils down to the fact that many people believed that one of the reasons thi
>>> is that does it for us. thanks very much for watching. "erin burnett outfront" starts now. >>> "outfront" next, the hostage situation in alabama came to a violent end. we have an update on the gunman and the 5-year-old boy that was being held hostage. >>> plus, last month, we brought you the story of the catholic hospital that said a fetus is not a person. tonight a dramatic development. >>> and ted nugent, one of the nra's most vocal supporters promises to bring massive truth to cnn tonight. he gives us an exclusive look at his ranch, the guns he owns, and why he believes guns are crucial for america. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, breaking news on the alabama hostage crisis. it is now over. 5-year-old ethan, the little boy's name, he's at a hospital. we found that out a few seconds ago. he's with his family. there's heavy security there as well tonight. and the big headline, he's safe. he was abducted from his school bus and held in an underground bunker for six days. we can also report that the kidnapper, 65-year-o
. in a speech last summer, brennen said the use of drone strikes by the u.s. has turned al qaeda into a, quote, shadow of once was. under president obama, the program has used to take out more than 400 targets in pakistan and the middle east. we'll continue to watch that. >>> potential cuts to the defense department budget are causing changes in the military operation. the pentagon says it will reduce the naval presence sense in the persian gulf. the uss harry trumman to head to the gulf has been canceled. defense secretary leon panetta warns under the automatic cuts, pentagon workers could face additional cuts. >>> vice president joe biden choked up after speaking about the recent tragedy at sandy hook. >> when people tell me that you can't prevent these kinds of occurrences, that doesn't mean we can't do something to god forbid if it happens again, diminish the carnage. it matters. it matters. >> biden may have been made an emotional appeal to house democrats last night, urging them to support the oh bam in administration's gun control agenda as the vice president recounted specific examples
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